Tuesday, February 20, 2018

For a walk in the woods

The woods were bright and clear with the morning sun reflecting on the snow which had recently fallen.  The air was warm and there is a growing sense that winter's grip is weakening.  There will be more cold and snow before spring finally arrives in full measure but winter's days are dwindling.  The days are noticeably longer now but the water remains cold, barely above the freezing point, cooled by melting snow and cold evenings.
The mind, legs and lungs were looking forward to a rigorous walk in the woods, covering lots of ground, but the wet snow kept strides more measured and careful.  Nevertheless the warm air and bright sun were a welcome respite from winter's more typical days.  The brook trout seemed a bit more active although one wonders if the changes we sense on land are noticed in the still icy currents of small streams and brooks.  A dry dropper proved to be good choice as fish attacked the dry as well the small red brassie trailing behind although the sub-surface offer was more preferred.  The upstream trek continued until graying skies and wet feet brought the afternoon to and end.

 Salvelinus fontinalis - God's amazing canvas

15 comments:

  1. Mark
    It was a good day to take a hike and enjoy the brook.The all are flowing pretty good now with rain and snow melt.Good looking brookie you have there.

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    1. Pete - with all the snow and rain, the streams are at a very healthy level now for sure!

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    2. Yes. Let's hope the flows continue to stay healthy.

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  2. What a beautiful day to be out, Mark. God's amazing canvas indeed with that beautiful brook trout. Nothing quite like them.

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    1. Sam - One of the pleasures of fishing small stream is seeing these beautiful fish! I like fishing dries even in winter because I enjoy watching them rise and inspect the fly

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  3. Mark
    Both images are worth framing; glad you made a connection--thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks for the compliment Bill! I continue to be impressed with the quality of the pictures from my iPhone 6S

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  4. A late winter walk in the brook trout forest can exhilarate the soul, for sure. Thanks for the reminder that brookies will rise to the surface of the winter brooks. I fished a tumbling stream today and forgot to consider it. Silly me.

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    1. Walt - agreed, it always lifts my spirits after being inside for a little too long! I've been fishing a dry/dropper lately which plays both options.

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  5. Walks along that stream are always wonderful, and they seem to get better with each walk.
    Beautiful jewel.

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  6. Mark ,very nice description of your experience. I do not think anyone of us ever get tired of pursuing one of Gods many wonders. The wonderful brook trout. Really enjoyed the story and of course,the photo of the brook trout. Thankyou.

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    1. Thanks very much Brad! It was a wonderful day to be outside

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  7. Mark, very nice trip report and lovely photos... there's nothing like fine sunny winters day to be on the stream.

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    1. Thanks Doug! We love fishing those tiny brooks in winter

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